Take in aerial views of Luxor and its iconic landmarks on this private 45-minute hot air balloon flight. Your pilot/guide will be dedicated to just you and your private party; you'll be able to ask questions and listen to commentary tailored to your interests. All transportation to and from the launch site is included for a door-to-door experience.
When we booked, the agency / voucher was in the name of Cupid Egypt travel. The balloon operator was Sindbad balloons. After the initial booking confirmation we were contacted via WhatsApp to confirm the pickup from our hotel (at 4am to catch the sunrise later). Rendezvous for the group was at the small ferryboat that took us across to the west bank, under the care of Amr, where we boarded a minibus for a 10-15 minute ride. Tea/Coffee was taken on the boat.
All the balloons take-off from the same place. On our day there were around 20 balloons. Preparation is well organised. The short waiting time was a good opportunity for photos, and the safety briefing from our pilot Mano, who is also a commercial airline pilot. The pilot controls our course by varying altitude to catch slight variations in wind directions, and turns the balloon on its axis so that everyone gets an all-round view.
Mano didn't follow the pack, but deliberately kept us low at first so that we would fly over Luxor Temple. After around 45 minutes he guided us to a very precise and soft landing. The minibus was waiting for us and we were dropped back at our hotel around 7-30am. Some passengers brought a light breakfast with them, but we preferred to take the hotel breakfast when we got back and then go back to bed for a couple of hours.
Operators charge different prices for these excursions. This was not the cheapest, but there were only 16 of us in the balloon. Other balloons had baskets more than twice as big. We had a wonderful experience and don't hesitate to recommend Sindbad, Amr, and Mano.
Bob & Pascale.
I was hesitant to book this tour because it was cheaper than some of the others and I noticed there was not a lot of reviews. However let me reassure this was 5 stars all the way! I was picked up directly from my hotel which was a ways out from town. We proceeded to go to a meeting point and take another ride to the departure point. The guides were wonderful and our pilot for the balloon was amazing! We caught the most amazing sunrise and the landing was super smooth. The staff were wonderful is keeping in touch before the ride to make sure all pick up information was correct and I must say this was a wonderful experience.